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Current Affairs for 14 April 2016
April 14, 2016
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INDIA HANDS OVER REMAINS OF WW-II SOLDIERS TO US

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The U.S. has flown several air missions over the Himalayas called the ‘hump’ from 1942 onwards to counter the Japanese.

In a moving ceremony at the end of U.S. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter’s visit, India on Wednesday handed over the remains of U.S. soldiers killed in plane crashes during World War II in India’s Northeast.

“Today’s ceremony is a testament to the deepening India-U.S. defence partnership and a reflection of our shared commitment to universal values,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.

The U.S. has flown several air missions over the Himalayas called the ‘hump’ from 1942 onwards to counter the Japanese. The U.S. had approached India with coordinates of the air crashes about 12 years ago and after initial search by the Army the eventual recovery was undertaken by a specialist team from the U.S. Defence Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA).

One set of remains was recovered in Arunachal Pradesh between September 12 and November 17, 2015, while a second set was unilaterally turned over to DPAA by a third party from the same region. The remains that were turned over to the DPAA are possibly related to a C-109 that crashed on July 17, 1945, travelling from Jorhat, India, to Hsinching, China.


HC WANTS IPL MATCHES SHIFTED FROM MAHARASHTRA

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Organisers given 15 days to make arrangements.

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches scheduled to be played after April 30 outside the State of Maharashtra.

A Division Bench of Justice V.M. Kanade and Justice M.S. Karnik has granted the BCCI, Mumbai Cricket Association, Maharashtra Cricket Association and Vidarbha Cricket Association 15 days to make all arrangements to shift the matches.

The court started hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) plea on April 7 and passed an order on April 13, directing 13 matches scheduled after April 30 to be moved out of the league. Four of those were to be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, six in the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune and three in the Vidarbha Cricket Stadium.


 

DMK NOMINATES POLITICAL GREENHORN TO TAKE ON JAYALALITHAA

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Party treasurer M.K. Stalin will be in fray from Kolathur; general secretary K. Anbazhagan opts to retire after fighting 13 Assembly polls.

The DMK on Wednesday released its list of candidates for the May 16 Assembly election retaining most of its former ministers and sitting MLAs. Party leader M. Karunanidhi will contest from Tiruvarur constituency in a bid to enter the Assembly for the 13th time, and party treasurer M.K. Stalin will be in the fray from Kolathur constituency. A notable miss in the list is party general secretary K. Anbazhagan, who opted to retire after fighting 13 Assembly polls.

Three sitting MLAs — Suba Thangavelan and Coonoor K. Ramachandran and Pushpaleela Alban — have been denied nominations. Former Ministers K. Sundaram, S.N.M. Ubayadulla, N. Selvaraj, A. Tamizharasi and N.K.K.P. Raja are also out of the race.

While late Minister Aladi Aruna’s daughter Dr. Poongothai has been fielded from Alangulam, late Union Minister N.V.N. Somu’s daughter S.N. Kanimozhi has been fielded from T. Nagar in Chennai and former Union Minister S.S. Palanimanickam’s brother S.S. Rajkumar will test the waters from Orathanadu. Likewise, the late Veerapandi S. Arumugam’s son A. Rajendran and Mr. Suba Thangavelan’s son Suba. Tha. Divakar have been given ticket.

Interestingly, the party has fielded former Minister S.P. Sargunapandian’s daughter-in-law Shimla Muthuchozhan against Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the R.K. Nagar constituency. Another notable new face is P.T.R.P. Thiyagarajan, son of former Speaker P.T.R. Palanivel Rajan. He has been fielded in Madurai (Central) constituency.


 

INDIA, GERMANY JOIN HANDS TO CLEAN RIVER GANGA 

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India today joined hands with Germany to attain “pristine” status of Ganga by adopting river basin management strategies used for cleansing rivers like Rhine and Danube of pollutants.

Ministry of Water Resources and German International Cooperation (GIZ), owned by the German Federal Government, signed an agreement in this regard here today.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation secretary Shashi Shekhar and German Ambassador to India Dr Martin Ney.

The objective of the agreement is to enable responsible stakeholders at national and state levels to apply integrated river basin management approach for Ganga’s rejuvenation, the Ministry said in a statement.